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In a starred review, PW called this western adventure "a real knock 'em, sock 'em ripsnorter" with a "thrill-a-minute plot." Ages 10-up.
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Gr. 6-9. Francis Tucket is 14 years old when he strays from his family's wagon on the Oregon Trail and is captured by the Pawnee. With the help of Mr. Grimes, a one-armed trapper who maintains an uneasy truce with the Pawnee by trading them guns and ammunition, Francis escapes and spends a winter learning to survive by living off the land. The boy's admiration and respect for Mr. Grimes causes him to question his role in "civilized" society and delays his return to his family. Francis' image of Mr. Grimes is altered forever, however, when Grimes takes revenge on an old enemy with what Francis sees as unnecessary savagery. Paulsen nods in the direction of responsibility in his depiction of Native American peoples, and he gives us a fast plot and sufficient character development. Unfortunately, he wraps everything up in the final two and one-half pages, resulting in an abrupt "surprise" ending that is ultimately unsatisfying. Janice Del Negro --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
My son was required to read this book for summer reading. I give the book a 4 out of 10 only because my son enjoyed the action...kept him entertained. Read morePublished 3 days ago by marthe doirin
This book is great for people who love historical fiction stories! My students love it!Published 9 months ago by Michelle Perkins
Great book! It was in good shape and was an all-around fun read.Published 9 months ago by Jessica H.
One of the most important traits I try to instill in my two sons is the love of reading. Every night before bed, they sit, starry-eyed while I read to them a couple chapters of a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Scottboze
I am an adult, but I loved this series. Gary Paulsen knows a lot about
how to take care of yourself in the wild and his experience gives Francis'
adventure a sense of... Read more